Lulu always called these "Canadian Cookies" and I recall once when I was a girl that I asked her why she called them that. She told me that she had tasted them once while visiting my dad's family in Canada and someone shared the recipe with her. She named them Canadian Cookies herself.
In our family now we call them "Nana's Cookies" because it was the last treat that she requested me to make for her when she was in the hospital shortly before she passed away. I'm not sure how many she ate because everytime I was there, she was sharing them with the doctors and nurses.
Decorated or not, they are one fine cookie and good for any holiday treat OR just for any day of the week! Lulu used to sometimes put half of a candied cherry on them before baking, but I've seldom done that because G doesn't like cherries. However, if you use red and green cherry halves they DO make an attractive tray of cookies.
- 1+1/4 Cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 Cup shortening (I use 1/2 Crisco and 1/2 softened Imperial Margarine)
- 1 Egg
- 1 t. Vanilla
- 2+1/4 Cups Flour
- 1 t. Baking soda
- 1 t. Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 t. salt
****Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
****Prepare cookie sheets by lightly spraying with a Pam-type product
1) In large bowl blend Crisco together w/softened margarine.
2) Cream in the sifted powdered sugar. (I sift it by pushing it through a strainer)
3) Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
4) Sift together dry ingredients and add to wet mixture one half at a time.
5) Stir well until all the flour is blended in. The mixture will seem a little wet once it's done.
6) Drop by spoonsful onto cookie sheet and then, with a fork dipped in water, press to uniform thickness. At this point you can add colored sugar or other decorations, if desired.
7) Bake for 5 to 10 min until the edges are JUST browned. (Mine took 7 min) Remove to wire rack to cool
NOTE: This recipe can be doubled easily and makes enough cookies to fill a fairly large tin plus also enough to fill a tray which is what I had to do for tomorrow's party for our local CrazyQuilt Stitching group.